The Restored Orchard

Flustered and Frustrated

The phone disconnected. I could feel the anger rising in my body. A simple phone exchange had left me flustered and frustrated.

My head was spinning. I could make a million different choices in this moment, but honestly I could not tell which was right, or best, or in alignment with God’s will. I was spiraling from feeling frustrated to lost and confused.

Frustration is not new to God. Even Jesus experienced it. How he handled times of frustration show me that there are ways to move through the initial feelings and find peace.

John 16:33 (NIV) says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Despite the troubles encountered each day, we have a choice to embrace peace. When we feel frustrated, stressed out, or filled with anxieties, we can recognize the feelings and surrender each and everyone of them in exchange for peace.

A prayer starter…

Dear Heavenly Father, I recognize these feelings of frustration can lead me astray from your will. Lord, I surrender these feelings today and ask you to envelop my heart with your peace. God, grant me the strength to navigate the coming moments… Amen.

-S.L.E.

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